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Activist Investors Push AT&T And Verizon To Issue Transparency Reports
By Christopher A. Crawford – Edited by Abhilasha Nautiyal

Last month, the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (“ACLU”) filed shareholder proposals with Verizon and AT&T to persuade the telecom companies to issue transparency reports disclosing data about customer information that was passed on to the National Security Agency. This new tactic in the privacy fight is designed to highlight what activists say are serious costs associated with the telecom companies’ lack of transparency.

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Posted On Dec - 3 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Google Encrypts Its Network to Counteract NSA Surveillance
By Jennifer Garnett – Edited by Abhilasha Nautiyal

Earlier this month, Mike Hearn of Google’s Security Department posted online that Google has successfully encrypted the data traffic between its servers. This undoes the National Security Agency’s (“NSA”) work in creating the surveillance program “MUSCULAR,” which taps into the connections between Google and Yahoo’s private data centers.

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Ex Parte TROs — Exceptional, Unless You’re A “Hacker”
By Corey Omer — Edited by Abhilasha Nautiyal

Battelle Energy Alliance LLC v. Southfork Sec. Inc.

Last month, the District of Idaho issued a rare ex parte temporary restraining order against software developer Corey Thuen and his company, enjoining them from releasing software code as open source and ordering that Thuen’s computer be seized and its contents copied. Judge Winmill reasoned that because Thuen was a “hacker,” the ex parte seizure order was justified.

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Posted On Nov - 4 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Britain’s Court of Appeal Rejects Cadbury’s Trademark Application for Color Purple
By Anton Ziajka – Edited by Abhilasha Nautiyal

Société des Produits Nestlé S.A. v. Cadbury UK Ltd.

The Britain Court of Appeals held that Cadbury’s purple color mark did not qualify as a trade mark under the Trade Marks Directive of 2008, since the impugned mark did not constitute “a sign” that is “graphically represented.” To allow registration of the trademark with such vagueness, the Court noted, would offend both “the principle[s] of certainty…[and] of fairness.”

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Posted On Oct - 11 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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